Trains come and go.
When the conductor says “last call,” all travelers had better be on board. But today’s travelers will get a bit of a break. The train will not be leaving the station until the conductor himself verifies that the last person is actually on board. There is no “schedule” that the train must keep.
It is raining and the engine is sitting on the tracks trembling like a wet puppy. Its sheer weight and size speaks of a power and a strength that can be felt, heard and smelled—as well as seen. There is no question—the great engine will be able to do all that is asked of it.
This train has been waiting to leave the station for a long time and today is the day—just as soon as the last seat gets filled.